The Citadel accused: Covered up sex abuse of young campers…
Three young men claim they were molested by a former youth coach filed lawsuits on Monday against The Citadel and its president, accusing both of covering up alleged sexual abuse by the man when he was a camp counselor at the military college.
Louis “Skip” ReVille, 32, was working as a school principal in South Carolina when he was arrested last fall.
A grand jury in Charleston County indicted him earlier this month on 22 counts of child sex crimes involving 15 boys, including former Citadel summer campers. Police said he admitted to the crimes, but he has not yet entered a formal plea.
ReVille had taken the then 14-year-old camper to his room multiple times, showed him pornographic material, masturbated and encouraged him to masturbate.
In true fashion he was not reported to authorities, the Citadel claiming that the “erred” in that decision…But the abuse did not stop there. After ReVille left the Citadel, he went on to work at other recreation centers where he continued his abuse of young boys.
He went on to become a principal and sports coach at several high schools and community recreation centers inSouth Carolina. The Citadel‘s internal policies and procedures required officials to report the abuse, said attorneyW. Mullins McLeod Jr., who filed the lawsuits on behalf of one former summer camper and two other young men who allege later abuse by ReVille at other locations.
“The abuse was terrible,” McLeod said in a news conference on Monday. “After he left The Citadel, ReVille formed a fraternity of victims called ‘The Killers,’ and he had nicknames for them based on the size and shape of their penises.”
Initiation into ‘The Killers’ required performing oral sex on ReVille, the lawsuit said. The college engaged in a conspiracy to protect itself, McLeod said. Had The Citadel stopped ReVille in 2007, two of the other alleged victims would not have been abused in the following years, the lawsuit said.
One of those young men said ReVille sexually abused him hundreds of times starting at age 12, and the other reported that ReVille began abusing him when the alleged victim was 10.
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